JCILPS member charged of militant nexus

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IMPHAL, August 4: Advocate Pukhrambam Arjun Singh, an executive member of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) was sent to judicial custody today following his denial to furnish bail bond, today.

Police produced Arjun before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Imphal West at Uripok Cheirap Court complex this evening. 

In the process, the police submitted a bail objection report while pleading for judicial custody. 

In the report, he was charged of having nexus with a militant group operating in the State besides being involved in recruitment and extortion on behalf of the outfit.

The defence counsel, Khaidem Mani, however strongly objected the charges levelled at his client, Arjun Singh, citing lack of prima facie evidence.

Pointing out that the police had only recovered a mobile handset, driving license and purse from the possession of his client, Mani questioned under what circumstances his client was established of having linked to a UG group.

He also sought specific information on the identity of the individuals who have been allegedly extorted by his client.

Claiming the charges as baseless, he pleaded the court to discharge the case lodged against his client under CrPC section 59.

After having heard from both the sides, the court directed to furnish bail bond with security deposit of Rs 30,000. However, in response to the ruling of the court, Arjun refused to furnish the bail bond if he was not release unconditional.

Subsequently, the court remanded Arjun Singh to judicial custody.

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